To Botox or not to Botox… that is the question.

Too scared to take the plunge just yet? We answer all your Botox questions.

What is Botulinum toxin type A (Botox®)?

Botulinum toxin type A (A Muscle relaxing agent) is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), uncontrolled blinking, lazy eye, wrinkles, crow’s feet and facial creases in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (typically 4 months).

Is Botulinum toxin (Botox®) right for me?

If you are wanting to get rid of wrinkles, whether they are existing or as a means to prevent wrinkles, then Botulinum toxin could be the answer.

What Areas Can Be Treated with Botulinum toxin?

The more common known of areas for injections are:
•    Forehead lines
•    Smile lines (crows feet)
•    Frown Lines
•    Eyebrow lifts
•    Jawline contouring

Less commonly known (Procedures include):
•    Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
•    Migraines
•    Teeth Grinding and Clenching
•    Non-Surgical Nose Reshaping
•    Non-Surgical Calf Contouring

How do I choose a Botulinum toxin (Botox) injector?

Whilst Botulinum toxin is a relatively simple injection there is a huge amount of education, technique, skill and knowledge required for optimal results. Firstly – Botulinum toxin should ALWAYS be administered by a doctor. Secondly, you should always check where and how your Doctor has been trained with Botulinum toxinWhen it comes to any medical treatment and procedure you should always stick to medical professionals and feel comfortable when in their care.

What happens on the day of Botulinum toxin?

The day of your Botulinum toxin treatment likely won’t be very different from any other day. It will be similar to going to your family doctor to receive a shot. Your Botulinum toxin provider will make a series of injections in the desired area(s).

Then you are on your way.

What’s the recovery time?

You should be able to resume normal activity immediately after your injections are done. You might have some redness or slight bruising after, but it should dissipate quickly.

Doctors recommend patients do not lie down for at least four hours following injections to prevent any possible migration to unintended areas of your face. They also suggest avoiding vigorous activity, especially those activities that might involve straining or bending down for at least a few hours and up to a day. You should not rub the area aggressively or get a facial massage for at least 48 hours after your injection.

What results can I expect from Botulinum toxin?

The procedure should reduce the wrinkles and lines in your face, giving you a more youthful look.

Although Botulinum toxin produces results, it isn’t the fountain of youth. The results last roughly three to four months before wearing off. At that point, you need another round of injections to maintain the results. Sometimes, individuals see results lasting longer, but this is usually due to the fact that muscles have been trained to frown and the Botox® puts them at rest.

Many people see results within four to five days, but it could take up to two weeks for full results to show. Deep wrinkles should show improvement shortly after treatment and could continue to gradually improve over time

What are the possible side effects or risks?

If injected properly, Botulinum toxin side effects should be minor. Some patients experience bruising or redness immediately after the injection. Those effects should last for only a couple of hours. This can be minimized by holding pressure over the areas injected if a bruise or immediate swelling occurs.

Will I look Frozen?

The procedure should reduce the wrinkles and lines in your face, giving you a more youthful look.

A common misconception about Botox® is that it makes you look “frozen” and without expression – this is untrue and depends entirely on how your doctor injects and how much Botulinum toxin type A gets injected as well as the individual themselves.

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